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The Lion

62 W. 9th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 6th Ave.
212-353-8400

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7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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55% would go back.

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By wilbal on 9/25/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Showed up on time for the reservation. Was told to enjoy the bar as it would be a few mins for the table but that is expected, so no problem. Checked back in 20 mins later and was told that they had us in the system as already seated; an obvious lie or a mistake on purpose. Checked back 20 mins later and was told this time the only table was one in the bar and that a real table would be at least another hour. Host said that if we took the bar table that he would buy us a champagne next time; at this point there was likely not going to be a next time. An hour and forty minute wait for a reservation is ridiculous; what's the point of making a reservation!!! Has never been even remotely that bad at any restaurant I have been and I have been going to the trendiest and highest rated restos for 13 years. Decided to try a table at the bar. Had to wait a long time for the waiter to take our order and then felt like a sardine in those tables; and no i am not a fattie!!! After placing our order, we had enough and left after cancelling. Don't get me wrong the ambience looks great and maybe the food is awesome, but you may never actually get to try it!!! Interesting how all the previous positive reviews happened almost on the same date; I'm just sayin'....

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86 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

Most Memorable Dining Experience

By bcush on 1/1/2011

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I was expecting a really cool atmosphere with some decent food but boy was I DISAPPOINTED and embarrassed. The positives: the restaurant had an attractive crowd and is decorated with an eclectic array of art on the walls. You will become familiar with each piece of art because you will be waiting hours for each course of your meal. The negatives: Not sure where to start. We each had ordered a five course meal. The first course was some kind of soup with two shrimp in it. We waited an hour for it and tasted mainly like creamy butter with shrimp. Another hour later later our second course came out, one tiny oyster in a bed of salt. The restaurant skipped our next course because they didn't think they could serve our entrees before closing time. Fyi, our dinner reservation was at 9:45PM. We all either ordered the lobster with pork or the sirloin because they were basically out of everything else. Technically it should have been called a pork dish with a bite of lobster. Both the sirloin and pork were served uncooked. At this point, two of my friends walked out in search of edible food. Biggest mistake was not walking out after the first appetizer. The only people who will enjoy this place are those on a diet who think they might see a celebrity. FYI, celebrities have stop coming because the food is awful and they are too busy to have a five hour dinner. I wish I could get those five hours of my life back.

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71 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY

By JMeg on 12/17/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

My review will be very short: bad service (I felt like they just want you to pay and leave) and mediocre food. There are plenty of great restaurants in this neighborhood; don’t waste your time and money, go somewhere else! This place is over hyped.

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24 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

Over Rated / Average Food - Recommended only for drinks

By nyfp on 4/17/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I read many reviews stating how overrated The Lion is (unless you are a celebrity) but decided to give it a go anyway. Unfortunately, all the reviews are correct. While we were sat on time, 7pm on a Sat., we were sat in the front room by the window, which had a draft from the air-conditioning and was uncomfortably cold for most of the night as the air was turned on and off because the back of the restaurant was getting hot. The food was consistently average average. We had oysters, tuna tartar, artichoke salad, lobster pot pie, oil poached cod (probably the worst of all), cheese plate. The lobster pot pie had an overwhelming herb or spice flavor that just killed the deliciously rich flavor of the lobster. The cod, even with all the additional components of the dish, was shockingly bland and fishy. The poor recommendation by the sommelier made for an even less enjoyable dining experience. I asked for a recommendation based on our food order and by letting her know that we like crisp whites such as Sauvignon Blancs and do not like oaked, buttery Chardonnays. Yet she pushed for a chardonnay that she promised was steel fermented, crisp and fruity. When it arrived it was buttery and rich. I know we should have sent it back but by then what was the point. It wasn't like we were able to drink when we wanted - this is another restaurant that holds the bottled wine on ice somewhere other than at the able and are less than attentive to your pour needs.

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64 out of 121 people found this review helpful.

Slightly overrated, but good experience overall

By nycfoodie16 on 9/24/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

The outside, and the inside, of the Lion in the West Village is beautiful. The main dining room inside the restaurant is gorgeous, with its high ceilings. The bathrooms are incredibly ornate, and I didn't want to leave! However, the first time I went to the Lion, I was seated in the front by the bar. It was incredibly noisy- as in, I couldn't hear a word my friends were saying. Also, the oysters and tuna tartar was delicious, but the Amish chicken was small for the exorbitant price. While I prefer the Waverley Inn's food, The Lion's atmosphere was pleasant and the service was excellent.

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63 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

Past its prime

By twest005 on 10/8/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I had read all the reviews about the service and difficulty about getting in. However, i never suspected that it would that impossible. But it was. After waiting 45 minutes for my table (having a reservation), we were sat upstairs in the 'private diningroom'. However., once they learned that there was a celebrity in my party, they immediately moved us to the main diningroom. After that, the service was incredibly slow, the wait staff never remembered each person's order and the room was incredibly loud. This restaurant is over-hyped and has none of the appeal of the other restaurants from this chef. It was incredibly disappointing and not worth a visit. Apparently, it takes being a celebrity to a decent table with bad service.

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69 out of 124 people found this review helpful.

What a horrible and inaccurate main review. I loved The Lion!

By palermo1978 on 8/25/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I'm not sure who the melodramatic and utterly pretentious critic who wrote this was, but this person is sorely mistaken about the overall atmosphere and quality of food. The overwhelmingly bitter tone clearly indicates that this person has a personal vendetta with one of the owners/managers. It's really unfortunate for all the NYMag readers out there who will listen to this person, because they are totally off base..

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59 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

A truly memorable experience!

By cashman on 8/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

My experience at The Lion was fabulous. The ambiance was sexy, the crowd was beautiful and the food was delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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59 out of 131 people found this review helpful.

"Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter" - Chinua Achebe

By FoodieT on 7/31/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was compelled to write this after reading many of the other reviews here that had me approaching my first experience at The Lion with very low expectations. Yes, it is loud, attracts a younger and less refined crowd, and lacks the air of classic New York City exclusivity that is a hallmark of both the Waverly Inn and Minetta Tavern. Our dining experience, however, was superb. We started with a bottle of Chateau Musar Rose, which was crisp and refreshing. The yellowfin tuna was fresh, light and flavorful. The branzino was rich and creamy, but not overbearing. The black truffle vinaigrette (we ordered 2), which we applied to almost everything that hit the table, from the small warm biscuits to the steak, was excellent. The 28 day aged Cote de Boeuf (bone in ribeye) was a medium rare masterpiece, tender and succulent and a delight to consume with roasted garlic and unfiltered olive oil. Our second bottle of wine, a Ridge 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend was bold and smokey and went well with the steak. The broccoli rabe and chili was just adequate. As for the desserts, we found the summer fruit crisp tasty, but perhaps a bit too imaginative with peach, nectarine and blueberry crisp, pecan struesel, and sweet cream gelato. Though I am not a fan of rasberry or custard, I appreciated the overall effect of the rasberry custard doughnuts. The stand out of our dessert trio was the chocolate peanut cake with peanut cream, homemade fluff and chocolate caramel ganache.  

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67 out of 121 people found this review helpful.

amazing

By wasp on 8/26/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

LOVED IT that s all ive to say !!! and yes i tot agree w palermo1978, seams like a personal vendetta!

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